An argument erupted in my post Abortion And Baby Murder over the rights and obligations of fathers when it comes to their biological offspring. I believe this is a seriously important topic, an ethical problem with legal ramifications that affect many people’s lives. Aaron struck a question that I think is worthy of its own post. So I will re-ask a question that Aaron posed in an eloquently succinct manner in the comments of Abortion And Baby Murder .
“assert that a woman may choose to absolve legal responsibility for a child by electing either to abort OR give the baby up for adoption, while a man may do neither and instead MUST accept all legal responsibility per the woman’s choice?” (bold added)
I am aware that the consequences of a child spread far and wide, and that the rights, obligations and social and fiscal impact spread beyond the immediate parents and child to culture, state and society at large. But, the intent of this post is to focus specifically on the rights and obligations of the father.
Avoid preaching and just asserting beliefs: